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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand celebrates king's coronation

Political coalition talks to resume after 3 days of ceremonies

Officials salute as the car carrying King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida drives past the Grand Palace during his coronation in Bangkok on May 4.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand commenced a three-day coronation ceremony on Saturday for King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's formal accession to the throne.

The 66-year-old king was formally crowned on Saturday during a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals. The king issued his first royal command after being crowned: "I shall reign in righteousness for the benefits of the kingdom and the people forever," he said.

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